Mr Edmund Stone was born in Southampton, Hampshire, England in 1879 and his birth was registered in the first quarter of that year.
He was the son of William Stone (1845-1909) and Agnes Mary Jane Stone(1) (1844-1929). His father was from Hordle, Hampshire and his mother from Wimborne, Dorset and they were married in London in late 1868.
Edmund had at least six siblings: Agnes Mary (b. 1870), William (b. 1872), John (b. 1873), James (b. 1876), Albert Charles (b. 1881) and Joseph Medway (b. 1883).
William first appears on the 1881 census when he and his family were living at 7 Brintons Terrace, Southampton and his father was described as a railway porter. On the 1891 census the family were living at 85 Morland Place. Edmund was absent from the 1901 census but his parents and youngest sibling were resident at 125 Bar Street, All Saints, Southampton, his father then listed as a railway inspector.
Edmund was married in Winchester, Hampshire in late-1908 to Elizabeth Agnes Seeley (b. 1881 in Micheldever, Hampshire, England). Together they would have one child, a daughter named Gertrude May (b. 6 May 1910).
On the 1911 census Edmund and his family were shown as residing at 62 Sussex Terrace, Winchester, Hampshire and he was described as a mariner.
When Edmund signed on to the Titanic on 4 April 1912 he gave his address as 105 St Andrews Road, Southampton, and his previous ship as the Oceanic. As a bedroom steward he could expect to earn monthly wages of £3, 15s.
Edmund Stone was lost in the sinking. His body (#41) was recovered by the Mackay-Bennett and was buried at sea on 21 April 1912. His wife was notified of this;
"..... Advise you that the body of your husband has been identified and buried at sea, the condition of the body unfortunately not permitting its removal to Halifax for burial."
Edmund is remembered on his parents' headstone in the Old Cemetery, Southampton.
His widow Elizabeth was remarried in 1917 to Frederick A. Marshall; what became of her following that remains uncertain.
His daughter Gertrude was married in 1934 to James Bryan and had two sons, Ian and James. She died in Berkshire in December 1995.
Several of Edmund's possessions, including a set of keys for Titanic's first class cabins E1-E42, a pencil, a steward's receipt, a letter to his wife and his watch--with its hands frozen at 2.16 am--were returned to his family. These possessions, including the canvas bag that they were contained in for return to his widow, were auctioned in 2008 and raised £235,000. His two grandsons Ian and James Bryan attempted to purchase the items but they were massively outbid.